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                 Guide to the Wilson W. Wyatt Collection, 1926-1992 (University of Kentucky. University Libraries. Director's Office.)
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             Wilson W. Wyatt papers 
             95m4 
             
                 University of Kentucky Special Collections 
             
             
                 
             
             
                 150.0 Cubic feet 
             
             1926-1992 
             This collection consists of materials from 1826-1993 relating to Wilson W. Wyatt's personal and political life. Items in this collection document Wilson Wyatt's career as a lawyer, a mayor, a lieutenant governor, a political aide. 
         
         
             Conditions Governing Access note 
             Collection is open for research. 
         
         
             Preferred Citation note 
             [Identification of Item], Wilson W. Wyatt papers, 1926-1992, 95m4, University of Kentucky Special Collections 
         
         
             Biographical/Historical note 
             Wilson W. Wyatt, son of Richard H. and Mary Watkins Wyatt, was born on November 21, 1905, in Louisville, Kentucky. A graduate of Louisville's Male High School and the Jefferson School of Law, he was admitted to the Kentucky bar in 1927 and began his practice in his native city. On June 14, 1930, he married Anne Kinnaird Duncan. He served as secretary to the Kentucky Bar Association from 1930 to 1934 before founding the law firm of Peter, Heyburn, Marshall and Wyatt in 1935. Wyatt became the principal legal counsel for the largest Kentucky newspaper, the 
                 Louisville Courier-Journal,  and a friend of the newspaper's owner, Robert Worth Bingham. 
             At Bingham's urging, Wyatt successfully ran for mayor of Louisville in 1941 and took office only days before the United State's entry into World War II. As an ardent New Deal Democratic mayor, Wyatt oversaw the transformation of Louisville's business district to a wartime footing, and worked with the Kentucky General Assembly to modernize and streamline Louisville's city government. During the war years Wyatt became a leading spokesperson for many national civic and public service organizations including the American Society of Planning Officials and the National Municipal League. He became the subject of numerous newspaper and magazine articles which detailed his ideas on governmental and municipal planning, which came to the attention of the White House. In the Spring of 1943, President Franklin D. Roosevelt tapped Wyatt to head an important mission to North Africa on behalf of the Board of Economic Warfare to draw up plans to coordinate economic development in that region to aid the war effort. 
             After his mayoral term ended, President Harry S. Truman appointed Wyatt housing expediter in the Office of War Mobilization and Reconversion in January of 1946. Wyatt's New Deal philosophy in dealing with the problem of affordable housing for returning veterans came under fire from the Republican controlled Congress. Upon receiving little support from the White House, Wyatt resigned as housing expediter in December of 1946. 
             Upon his return to Louisville, Wyatt founded the law firm Wyatt and Grafton, and although a successful practicing attorney he maintained his involvement in national politics. In 1947 he became the first chairman of Americans for Democratic Action (ADA), an organization founded by Eleanor Roosevelt, Joe Rauh, Arthur Schlesinger, Jr., Wyatt and other leading liberals, to keep alive the spirit of the New Deal against the backlash of the policies of the Republican controlled Congress. In 1952 Wyatt continued his involvement in national politics by managing Adlai Stevenson's unsuccessful campaign for the presidency against General Dwight D. Eisenhower. Wyatt also was a close advisor during Stevenson's 1956 presidential campaign. 
             In 1958 Wyatt declared his candidacy for the office of governor of Kentucky. In the spring of 1959 in a move to enhance unity within the Democratic party, he withdrew from the governor's race and agreed to run for lieutenant governor on a united Democratic ticket with Bert T. Combs. The Combs-Wyatt ticket defeated Harry Lee Waterfield, in the Democratic primary, and won handily in the fall election. During his term as lieutenant governor, Wyatt served as chairman of the Kentucky Economic Development Commission which provided new impetus in drawing new industry and businesses to Kentucky. Wyatt also was the force behind the establishment of the Spindletop Research Center, a think-tank/technology center affiliated with the University of Kentucky. 
             In 1962 Wyatt ran for the U.S. Senate against the Republican incumbent, Thruston B. Morton. In a hard fought and often bitter campaign, Wyatt narrowly lost the election. In 1963 President John F. Kennedy sent Wyatt to Indonesia to mediate a dispute between U.S. oil companies and Indonesian President Sukarno. Sukarno had threatened to nationalize foreign oil operations, but after delivering a personnel message from President Kennedy, Wyatt was successful in negotiating an agreement. 
             After his term as lieutenant governor ended, Wyatt returned to Louisville and established one of the largest and most prestigious law firms in the state, the firm Wyatt, Tarrant & Combs. A close friend of Hubert H. Humphrey since their tenure as mayors, Wyatt was asked to play an important role at the 1968 Democratic National Convention. Under his guidance, a compromise was reached between the hawks and the doves regarding the Democratic party's Vietnam War plank. After leaving public office, Wyatt remained a civic leader in Louisville and advisor to presidential candidates, governors, and mayors until his death on June 11, 1996. He is buried in Cave Hill Cemetery in Louisville. 
         
         
             Immediate Source of Acquisition note 
             Gift, 1993. 
         
         
             Arrangement note 
             Collection is arranged into nine series by format: Legal Series, Political Series, Personal Series, Anne D. Wyatt Series, Duplicate Clippings, Miscellaneous Publications, and Office Rolodex Series, Memorabilia Series, Photograph Series, Scrapbook and Guest Registry Series, and Audio-visual Series. 
             
         
         
             Scope and Contents note 
             This collection consists of materials from 1826-1993 relating to Wilson W. Wyatt's personal and political life. Items in this collection document Wilson Wyatt's career as a lawyer, a mayor, a lieutenant governor, a political aide. The items document his continued interest in politics after his retirement as well. Also included in this collection are materials that relate to Mrs. Anne D. Wyatt's personal and public life. 
             
         
         
             Conditions Governing Use note 
             Property rights reside with the University of Kentucky. The University of Kentucky holds the copyright for materials created in the course of business by University of Kentucky employees. Copyright for all other materials has not been assigned to the University of Kentucky. For information about permission to reproduce or publish, please contact Special Collections. 
         
         
             Combs, Bert T., 1911-1991 
             Morton, Thruston B.,  (Thruston Ballard), 1907-1982 
             Wyatt, Anne D. 
             Wyatt, Wilson W.,  (Wilson Watkins), 1905-1996 
             Diplomats--United States--Biography. 
             Kentuckians for a Better Constitution. 
             Kentucky--Constitution Revision Assembly. 
             Kentucky--Constitution--Amendments. 
             Kentucky--Politics and government--1951- 
             Lieutenant governors--Kentucky--Biography. 
             Mayors--Kentucky--Louisville 
             United States--Foreign relations--1945-1989. 
             United States--Politics and government--1945-1953. 
         
         
             
                 
                     Political Series 
                     I 
                 
                 
                     Scope and Contents note 
                     The Political Series, the largest in the collection, contains materials generated and collected by Lieutenant Governor Wyatt from his involvement in Louisville politics and the Al Smith presidential campaign in 1928 up to and including the 1992 presidential campaign of Bill Clinton. It is divided into six sub-series which are arranged alphabetically by subject 
                 
                 
                     
                         Early Politics 
                         i 
                     
                     
                         
                             Correspondence, Democratic Party Bulletins - 1928-1930 
                             1 
                             1 
                         
                     
                     
                         
                             Election - Mayoral, 1933 - Clippings, Correspondence, Neville Miller's Speaking Schedule, Notes 
                             1 
                             2 
                         
                     
                     
                         
                             Election - Mayoral, 1933 - Clippings, Correspondence, Speeches 
                             1 
                             3 
                         
                     
                     
                         
                             Election - Cong., 1934 - Dem.Party Campaign Comm.- Campaign Expenses, Clippings, Corres., Min's 
                             1 
                             4 
                         
                     
                     
                         
                             City of Louisville - Municipal Activities 1933-1937 
                             1 
                             5 
                         
                     
                     
                         
                             Election - Mayoral, 1937 - Correspondence, Speaking Schedules, Speeches 
                             1 
                             6 
                         
                     
                     
                         
                             United States District Court - Eli H. Brown III 1937 
                             1 
                             7 
                         
                     
                     
                         
                             Jefferson County - David A. McCandless 1937 
                             1 
                             8 
                         
                     
                     
                         
                             Election - Senatorial, 1938 - Correspondence 
                             1 
                             9 
                         
                     
                     
                         
                             United States District Court - Shackleford Miller 1939 
                             1 
                             10 
                         
                     
                     
                         
                             Democratic National Committee - Jackson Day Dinner 1939 
                             1 
                             11 
                         
                     
                     
                         
                             Election - gubernatorial, 1939 - Correspondence 
                             1 
                             12 
                         
                     
                     
                         
                             Election - City of Louisville, 1939 - Correspondence, Judicial Statistics, Wyatt Radio Speech 
                             1 
                             13 
                         
                     
                     
                         
                             Election - Presidential, 1940 - correspondence 
                             1 
                             14 
                         
                     
                     
                         
                             Republican Party - Clippings, 1941 
                             1 
                             15 
                         
                     
                     
                         
                             F.A. Hermens - "Democracy and Proportional Representation" Booklet 1940 
                             1 
                             16 
                         
                     
                 
                 
                     
                         Mayoral 
                         ii 
                     
                     
                         
                             Aldermanic Legislative District Maps 
                             2 
                             1 
                         
                     
                     
                         
                             American Forum of AIR 1944 
                             2 
                             2 
                         
                     
                     
                         
                             American Municipal Association Conference 1943 
                             2 
                             3 
                         
                     
                     
                         
                             American Municipal Association Conference 1944 
                             2 
                             4 
                         
                     
                     
                         
                             American Municipal Association Conference 1945 
                             2 
                             5 
                         
                     
                     
                         
                             American Municaipal Association Executive Committee Correspondence 1945 
                             2 
                             6 
                         
                     
                     
                         
                             American Municipal Association Special Committee on Finance 1945 
                             2 
                             7 
                         
                     
                     
                         
                             American Society of Planning Officials Conference 1944 
                             3 
                             1 
                         
                     
                     
                         
                             American Society of Planning Officials - correspondence, January - April 1944 
                             3 
                             2 
                         
                     
                     
                         
                             American Society of Planning Officials - Correspondence, May-December 1944 
                             3 
                             3 
                         
                     
                     
                         
                             American Society of Planning Officials - Correspondence 1945 
                             3 
                             4 
                         
                     
                     
                         
                             American Society for Public Administration 1942-1943 
                             3 
                             5 
                         
                     
                     
                         
                             American Society for Public Administration Conference 1942 
                             3 
                             6 
                         
                     
                     
                         
                             Zoda Anderson - Correspondence 
                             3 
                             7 
                         
                     
                     
                         
                             Annexation - St. Matthews 1941-1942 - Clippings 
                             3 
                             8 
                         
                     
                     
                         
                             Articles and Publications About Wyatt, 1944-1945 
                             3 
                             9 
                         
                     
                     
                         
                             Alben W. Barkley - Correspondence, 1942-1945 
                             4 
                             1 
                         
                     
                     
                         
                             Bruce Bliven - "The New Republic" Correspondence, 1945 
                             4 
                             2 
                         
                     
                     
                         
                             Board of Econ. Warfare - N. Africa Mission 1943 - Local Opinions Re Wyatt's employment by BEW 
                             4 
                             3 
                         
                     
                     
                         
                             Board of Econ. Warfare - N. Africa Mission 1943 - Letters of Intro., Employment App,Pre-Mission memo 
                             4 
                             4 
                         
                     
                     
                         
                             Board of Econ. Warfare - N. Africa Mission 1943 - Maps, foreign Newspapers, Diaries, Receipts 
                             4 
                             5 
                         
                     
                     
                         
                             Board of Econ. Warfare - N. Africa Mission 1943 - (folder A) Memos, Wyatt's Notes, Organ. Charts, Import 
                             4 
                             6 
                         
                     
                     
                         
                             Board of Econ. Warfare - N. Africa Mission 1943 - (folder B) Memos, Wyatt's notes, Organ. Charts, Import 
                             4 
                             7 
                         
                     
                     
                         
                             Board of Econ. Warfare - N. Africa Mission 1943 - Personnel 
                             5 
                             1 
                         
                     
                     
                         
                             Board of Econ. Warfare - Post-North Africa Mission Correspondence, 1943-1944 
                             5 
                             2 
                         
                     
                     
                         
                             Canadian Federation of Mayors and Municipalities - Correspondence, 1942-1945 
                             5 
                             3 
                         
                     
                     
                         
                             Canadian Federation of Mayors and Municipalities Conference 1942 - Program Bulletins 
                             5 
                             4 
                         
                     
                     
                         
                             Canadian Federation of Mayors and Municipalities Conference 1942 - Reports 
                             5 
                             5 
                         
                     
                     
                         
                             Canadian Federation of Mayors and Municipalities Conference Cruise 1944 
                             5 
                             6 
                         
                     
                     
                         
                             Canadian Federation of Mayors and Municipalities - Quebec Conference 1944 - Correspondence, Clippings 
                             5 
                             7 
                         
                     
                     
                         
                             Canadian Federation of Mayors and Municipalities-Quebec conf. 1944- "Program for Peace Implementing..." 
                             6 
                             1 
                         
                     
                     
                         
                             Canadian Federation of Mayors and Municipalities-Quebec conf. 1944- Report of Proceedings 
                             6 
                             2 
                         
                     
                     
                         
                             Canadian Federation of Mayors and Municipalities-Quebec conf. 1944- Wyatt Speech Research Materials 
                             6 
                             3 
                         
                     
                     
                         
                             Albert B. "Happy" Chandler - Correspondence, 1942-1945 
                             6 
                             4 
                         
                     
                     
                         
                             The Chicago Sun - articles, Correspondence 1945 
                             6 
                             5 
                         
                     
                     
                         
                             Churchill Downs - Correspondence, 1942-1945 
                             6 
                             6 
                         
                     
                     
                         
                             Citizens' Planning & Housing Council of Rochester, New York - Annual Meeting 1944 
                             6 
                             7 
                         
                     
                     
                         
                             City of Atlanta - Parking Plan Clipping 1941 
                             6 
                             8 
                         
                     
                     
                         
                             City of Louisville - Department of Finance 
                             6 
                             9 
                         
                     
                     
                         
                             City of Louisville - Department of Health 
                             6 
                             10 
                         
                     
                     
                         
                             City of Louisville - Department of Law 
                             6 
                             11 
                         
                     
                     
                         
                             City of Louisville - Department of Safety - Special Project 
                             7 
                             1 
                         
                     
                     
                         
                             City of Louisville - Department of Welfare 
                             7 
                             2 
                         
                     
                     
                         
                             City of Louisville - Department of Works - Sanitation Division 
                             7 
                             3 
                         
                     
                     
                         
                             City of Louisville - Elective and Appointive Offices 
                             7 
                             4 
                         
                     
                     
                         
                             City of Louisville - City Information 
                             7 
                             5 
                         
                     
                     
                         
                             City of Louisville - Jailer 
                             7 
                             6 
                         
                     
                     
                         
                             City of Louisville - Legislative Council 1941 
                             7 
                             7 
                         
                     
                     
                         
                             City of Louisville - Mayor's Certificate 1941 
                             7 
                             8 
                         
                     
                     
                         
                             City of Louisville - Ordinances 
                             7 
                             9 
                         
                     
                     
                         
                             City of Louisville - Planning and Zoning Commission 1941 
                             7 
                             10 
                         
                     
                     
                         
                             City of Louisville - Proposed Street Widening 
                             7 
                             11 
                         
                     
                     
                         
                             City of Louisville - Police Department 
                             7 
                             12 
                         
                     
                     
                         
                             City of Louisville - Property Rehabilitation 
                             7 
                             13 
                         
                     
                     
                         
                             City of Louisville - Public School System - Survey 1941 
                             7 
                             14 
                         
                     
                     
                         
                             City of Louisville - Public Works - Postwar Planning 1941 
                             7 
                             15 
                         
                     
                     
                         
                             City of Louisville - Smoke Control 1941 
                             7 
                             16 
                         
                     
                     
                         
                             City of Louisville - Traffic Court - Correspondence and Clippings 
                             8 
                             1 
                         
                     
                     
                         
                             City of Louisville - Ward Redistricting, 1942-1943 
                             8 
                             2 
                         
                     
                     
                         
                             City of Louisville - Wyatt Administration Clippings, 1943 & 1955 
                             8 
                             3 
                         
                     
                     
                         
                             City of Louisville - Jefferson County Consolidation 1941 
                             8 
                             4 
                         
                     
                     
                         
                             City of Louisville - Jefferson County - Locat Redistricting 
                             8 
                             5 
                         
                     
                     
                         
                             Cleveland News - Article 1945 
                             8 
                             6 
                         
                     
                     
                         
                             Congratulations, November - December 1941 
                             8 
                             7 
                         
                     
                     
                         
                             Congratulations, January - December 1942 
                             8 
                             8 
                         
                     
                     
                         
                             Constitutional Amendments 1941 
                             8 
                             9 
                         
                     
                     
                         
                             Correspondence - Political, March - September 1941 
                             9 
                             1 
                         
                     
                     
                         
                             Correspondence - Political, October - November 1941 
                             9 
                             2 
                         
                     
                     
                         
                             Correspondence "A" 1942-1945 
                             9 
                             3 
                         
                     
                     
                         
                             Correspondence "B" 1943-1945 
                             9 
                             4 
                         
                     
                     
                         
                             Correspondence "C" 1943-1945 
                             9 
                             5 
                         
                     
                     
                         
                             Correspondence "D" 1943-1945